On the day of treatment, you will be met by our team of physicians who will discuss the treatment with you again and ask you to sign a consent form. Your safety on the MRI scanner will be reassessed.
Medicine will be given to you through a small tube in your arm or hand vein to help you relax and decrease any discomfort from the treatment. You will have a catheter placed in your urethra to help keep your bladder empty throughout the treatment.
You will be directed to the treatment room and asked to lie on your stomach on a special patient table that fits into the MRI scanner. Your doctor will use the MRI scanner to identify your fibroid(s), and then a transducer, a device that generates the high intensity ultrasound, will be activated to deliver ultrasound waves into your fibroid and heat a small spot. This process is similar to the way a magnifying glass focuses light to heat objects. Throughout the process, the MRI scanner will produce information about the heating so that your doctor can monitor treatment in real time. Since each pulse of ultrasound, or sonication, treats a very small spot, this process will be repeated to treat your entire fibroid, usually about 75 times.